The Dare to Imagine Award is made possible through a grant from Susan and Edward Norvell .This special award, bearing a cash scholarship, honors one Rowan County graduating senior whose artwork most exemplifies the creative potential of the human spirit, heart, and hand.
2017 Applications Are Now Available
In recognition of the importance of art in the life of our community, the Dare to Imagine Award in the amount of $1,000 is presented by the Waterworks Visual Arts Center to the Rowan County graduating senior whose artwork most exemplifies the creative potential of the human spirit, heart, and hand.
All artwork must be submitted by the Art teacher. Teachers interested in submitting student portfolios (4-6 pieces of work) for review should deliver the portfolios to the Waterworks on or before Thursday, April 6, 2017 by 4pm. Please be sure each portfolio is labeled with the following:
The art teacher’s name, email address, and preferred contact telephone number
The student’s contact information along with Parent’s Name (sealed in an envelope)
The names of the principal and assistant principal for curriculum, email addresses, school name, and full mailing address
All art work will undergo a blind review by the WVAC Exhibitions Committee. Winners will be announced the week of April 17, 2017.
In recognition of the importance of art in the life of our community, the Waterworks Visual Arts Center’s annual Dare to Imagine Award is presented to the Rowan County high school senior whose artwork most exemplifies the creative potential of the human spirit, heart, and hand. This honor includes a $1,000 scholarship and a solo exhibition of the selected student’s work at the Waterworks Visual Arts Center. This award is made possible by a gift from Susan and Edward Norvell.
Mr. Eli Helms was selected as the fourteenth annual recipient of this award.
His portfolio was one of many portfolios submitted by the art educators from the Rowan-Salisbury high schools.
He is a graduate of Jesse C. Carson High School and was a student of Mr. Mark Riley.
First and foremost, I would like to thank my art teacher, Dr. Riley, for making all of this possible. Without his artistic insight and unwavering support, I would have never been able to progress this far as an artist, and I am immensely thankful for the time he has put into teaching me.
Throughout my years as an artist, I have always been drawn to creative and intriguing themes and designs, which can be seen in my latest pieces. Whenever I start on a piece, I always do so with the intention of creating something different, abstract, and unique, and experimentation with technique and media is a crucial part of my design process. For this reason, many of my pieces encompass a variety of patterns and techniques, and each one has its own unique depth and individuality. They can even get chaotic and crazy at times, and I frequently find myself painting without a clue as to what the piece will turn out to be. However, as impulsive and strange as my style can be, it provides the creative individuality which I try to put into every composition.
Past Winners of the Dare To Imagine Award
2003 - Trevor Messinger - Salisbury High School
2004 - Jeffrey Yacevich - West Rowan High School
2005 - Emily Bartsch - West Rowan High School
2006 - Laura Ritchie - West Rowan High School
2007 - Logan Childress - South Rowan High School
2008 - Shannon Elrod - East Rowan High School
2009 - Hannah Thompson - J.C. Carson High School
2010 - Michelle Casper - J.C. Carson High School
2011 - R. Dean Crouch - East Rowan High School
2012 - Courtney Quaintance - West Rowan High School
2013 - Kaitlin Crouch - East Rowan High School
2014 - Jordan VanVoorhis - J.C. Carson High School
2015 - Isabel Hartsell - West Rowan High School
2016 - Eli Helms - J.C. Carson High School
Waterworks Visual Arts Center 123 East Liberty Street Salisbury NC 28144 p. 704.636.1882 f. 704.636.1895